Afghan women pass through a bazaar following the recapture of Kunduz by Afghan security forces. Photograph: Jawed Kargar/EPA

The Taliban said on Tuesday they were pulling back in the city of Kunduz in the north of Afghanistan in order to protect civilians, as fighting contin(...)

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini with Luxembourg’s foreign minister Jean Asselborn at the  Luxembourg meeting: she suggested  the EU could play a lead role in political negotiations to  end the civil war. Photograph: John Thys/AFP /Getty Images 1:38

Russia’s military operations in Syria and attacks on the Syrian opposition are “of deep concern” and must cease immediately, the European Union said o(...)

An RAF Puma helicopter, similar to the UK Puma Mk 2 helicopter which crashed in Afghanistan, killing five people.  Photograph: PA

Two British troops have been killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) said last night. The RAF personnel died aft(...)

Forensic teams of  police investigate in the aftermath of the deadly explosions on Saturday in Ankara. Photograph: EPA

Turkey is focusing efforts on Islamic State in investigating a suspected suicide bombing in Ankara that killed up to 128 people, officials said on Sun(...)

A man asks for help after an explosion during a peace march in Ankara on Saturday. Photograph: Tumay Berkin/Reuters

Eighty-six people were killed in twin bomb blasts in the Turkish capital Ankara on Saturday, while another 186 people were wounded including 28 who a(...)

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko. After his last re-election five years ago prompting a brutal police crackdown and the arrest of hundreds of people, including several presidential candidates. Photograph: Nikolai Petrov/Belta/Pool/EPA

The European Union is poised to suspend sanctions on autocratic Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko and his allies, if Sunday’s election brings no (...)

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter at a Nato defence ministers meeting in Brussels. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

Nato will double the size of its emergency response force and may send ground troops to Turkey, its secretary general said yesterday. Speaking after (...)

Footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site on Monday showing a bomb being  released from a Russian Su-24M jet fighter in Syria. Photograph: AP 0:54

Nato is ready to send troops to Turkey to defend its ally against threats on its southern flank, the head of the US-led alliance said on Thursday afte(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan  shakes hands with Belgian PM Charles Michel during a meeting at the Chateau of Val-Duchesse in Brussels on Tuesday. Turkey’s leader began his  European tour in Strasbourg last Sunday. Photograph: Nicolas Maeterlinck/AFP/Belga

The picturesque Alsatian town of Strasbourg is used to finding itself at the centre of political activity when thousands of MEPs and Eurocrats descend(...)

A Russian warship in the Caspian Sea launches missiles on Wednesday. The Russian Defence Ministry the warships of the Caspian Flotilla carried out massive strikes against Islamic State facilities in Syria. Photograph: EPA/Russian Defence Ministry

Ground troops loyal to president Bashar al-Assad have launched a major offensive in central Syria backed by Russian air strikes. It is an escalation i(...)